You’ve decided to finally do it—you’re selling your house! Congratulations! Of course you want your home to sell quickly and at the highest possible price, but do you have any control over these factors? The answer is yes, and staging your home for sale is one of the best ways to ensure that your home looks its best come open house and showing time. If you are looking for a realtor in the Kirkland area, Bryan Loveless and Associates would love to assist you in selling your home and finding another great one! Read on to see what steps you can take to make your home look great to potential buyers.

Clear Out the Clutter!

No one wants to see your mail from the last month, or your children’s Legos strewn across their room. Put away anything that detracts from the beauty of your home, and buyers won’t be distracted by visual clutter. Clutter is found in closets as well, and buyers will want to see inside closets! Organize and purge your closets to maximize the space and make them seem as large as possible. This goes for your kitchen cabinets and pantries as well; if you are still living in your home you need to keep food on hand, but make sure it looks as nice as possible! Streamline your cooking and bakeware, and pack away what is not immediately needed. Overstuffed closets and cabinets make a space seem too small, and buyers will want to look for something larger.


Even if you love the way your rooms look, rearranging your furniture can help with selling your home. If certain areas feel a little too crowded, consider purging some furniture items and putting them into storage. Maybe you never use the desk in your kitchen, but making sure there is a chair and desk accessories can help it look better to buyers. Especially in the living room, making sure that the room looks as big as possible can go a long way to winning over potential buyers. If your furniture is pushed against the walls of a room, consider floating it in the middle of the room. This makes your rooms look larger, can improve the flow of traffic through the room, and can create several different areas in one room. Along with rearranging furniture, you can consider rearranging whole rooms. Have you always used the spare bedroom as a makeshift office? Putting a bed and dresser back in there can help buyers visualize the number of bedrooms and make the home seem larger. If there is a room that has served as a collector of random items, give it a purpose and furnish it accordingly. Making every room look polished and purposeful will help you sell your home.


One of the quickest ways to make your home look newer and cleaner is to paint the interior. Especially if rooms feel dated by a certain color, repainting in neutral shades can help your home have more of a universal appeal. Continuing the same color scheme throughout your home can make your home seem larger and more cohesive. Especially in larger rooms, such as living rooms, staying away from bold colors can help your home sell faster. However, a smaller space, such as a powder room or dining room, can benefit from a darker shade that makes the room more cozy and dramatic. Be sure to paint any trim work as well; this is often where scuffs and nicks occur, making your home look worn. Another great place for using paint to spruce up your home is in the kitchen. Old cabinets that are looking worn can benefit from a coat of paint to bring them back to life, or lighten up a dark kitchen. Paint is an easy way to transform your home and bring the buyers to the table.

Add in Interest

Maybe your house is decluttered, painted, and the furniture is perfectly arranged. Look around to see if you could add in accessories that would make your rooms pop even more. Artwork, sculpture, flowers, and plants can all help to pull together a room and bring interest to blank walls and corners. While you want to clear out the clutter, you don’t want your home to look boring. Large, lush plants can bring the outdoors inside, and fragrant blooming flower arrangements are always appealing. You want to achieve the perfect balance of depersonalizing your home while maintaining good design and style.


Your home should be impeccably clean when it is put on the market. Hiring a cleaning company is a great way to ensure that every nook and cranny of your home is clean. Sparkling windows, gleaming appliances, and new looking carpets are easy to achieve with some professional cleaning help. Dusting every light fixture and corner of your home is essential to making your home really stand out to buyers. You want your home to smell clean and fresh, and remove any smells from pets that may be present. Getting rid of the litter box temporarily is a good idea. Other great open house ideas include baking cookies to fill your home with delicious smells. You want to appeal to buyers in any way you possibly can.

Curb Appeal

Last, but not least, look to the exterior of your home and make sure that it looks as good as possible. Curb appeal is what can convince potential buyers to do more than drive by your home, and actually schedule a showing. Beautiful landscaping, a freshly painted exterior, and a lush lawn all invite buyers to come inside and take a look. Take care of any maintenance issues your home’s exterior could use, and consider replacing light fixtures and house numbers for something more modern and interesting.

As you can see, there are so many details that can help your home really stand out to buyers! There are professional staging companies you can hire to help you, but there are many steps you can take to just streamline your belongings. Cleaning, decluttering, and painting all can improve the look of your home, and highlight all of the great features! If you are considering selling your home in the Kirkland area, you need a realtor you can trust, and Bryan Loveless and Associates would love to serve you!